It is quite certain that Anabaptism
, in its various strains, sprang from a context wherein "The reception of Luther's ideas fused with the pervasive concern for a new ordering of the whole of society.
Martyrs Mirror: A Social History is a significant entry in religious scholarship that deepens our understanding of anabaptism
and Christianity in general.
While his work on Christian ethics helped define Anabaptism
to an audience far outside the Mennonite Church, he is also remembered for his long-term sexual harassment and abuse of women."
Particular essays analyze the metaphysics of gender, the historiographic import of patriarchy in studying early modern Europe, demonic possessions and gender in late medieval culture, gender and family in early modern German Anabaptism
, male witches and masculinity in early modern Finnish witchcraft trials, gendered suicide in Sweden, among other topics.
For example Keith Jones's treatment of "Anabaptism
" is outstandingly lucid on the perennially debated questions of the differences and historical continuities between the Anabaptist and Baptist movements, and the relationships between contemporary Baptists and Mennonites.
This essay is an adaptation of the paper I presented at the dialogue, but with a new objective to answer the question: In what way did the eucharist inspire both transfiguration and ecclesial unity--a precondition and manifestation of peace, respectively--in early Anabaptism
? Originally, I proposed that the Orthodox Church designates Mary as Theotokos, or God-bearer, who bore God within herself without being consumed, as the archetype of our own pre-communion preparation through incremental transfiguration so that we too may bear God--that is, the body and blood of Christ--in our own bodies worthily.
Intriguingly, there are no references to the highly important reference works and source collections on the Anabaptist movements that made this scholarship possible (Mennonite Encyclopedia, Bibliography of Anabaptism
, Tauferakten, Bibliothecum Dissidentium, and so forth).
Williams presenting new work on the radicals and Anabaptists, giving the historical world what was seen as "authentic, nonnative Anabaptism
," to serious critiques of this narrative by Claus-Peter Clasen, James M.
Defenseless Christianity: Anabaptism
for a Nonviolent Church, Gerald J.
Perhaps for these reasons we continue to see intriguing work published on Munster at a time when interest in the Radical Reformation seems to be waning, and when much of what is written on the subject comes from an increasingly sectarian perspective--in addition to the volume being reviewed here, Ralf Klotzer's excellent chapter in Brill's A Companion to Anabaptism
and Spiritualism, 1521-1700 (2007); a forthcoming work by James Stayer, Michael Driedger, and Willem de Bakker, provisionally entitled Bernhard Rothmann and the Reformation in Munster, 1530-1535; and, of course, parts of the wonderfully enigmatic novel Q, come immediately to mind.
The first section examines the rise of the principal Protestant churches in the 16th century: Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism and Anabaptism
. The author emphasizes here the crucial importance of the early Protestant formula sola scriptura, which asserted that the Bible constituted the only source of Christian revelation and rejected the many "human" additions of the medieval church.
The Batavia shipwreck and mutiny can be seen as a liminal event, one that breaks down the ordinary seafaring day, transforming what would otherwise be a footnote in history into an occurrence which allows scholars an opportunity to examine the intersections of themes not normally associated (for example: Anabaptism
, Rosicrucianism, and world trade).
(1) Robert Friedmann, The Theology of Anabaptism
(Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1973), 66, 124.
Making use of Yoder's newly available correspondence, Earl Zimmerman makes clear in his recent analysis of the genesis of Yoder's The Politics of Jesus, that Yoder's dissertation in Swiss Anabaptism
was an effort to produce Anabaptist theology as the beginning of an alternative to the standard theology of Christendom.
Chapters in the book interpret Yoder's writings on Anabaptism
arid neo-Anabaptism, ecumenism, peace theology and just war, Christian social responsibility in light of the cross of Jesus, and conclude with a brief chapter summarizing and commenting on Yoder's contributions to the church and academy.